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Why We Need Trees to Survive

Trees are extremely important to us humans and the world in general. It is important to preserve trees for our survival.

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Trees provide us with oxygen that we need to breathe to live. Our body breathes in oxygen and we breathe out carbon-di-oxide. Trees do  the opposite. They breathe in carbon dioxide and release oxygen. In this way, trees make sure that we have pure oxygen to breathe without which we cannot live.

Here are some more benefits of Trees:

  1. Trees Combat Climate Change:

Excess carbon dioxide (CO2) caused by many factors is a building up in our atmosphere and contributing to climate change. Trees absorb CO2, removing and storing the carbon while releasing the oxygen back into the air. In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the amount of CO2 produced when you drive your car 26,000 miles.

2. Trees Clean The Air:

Trees absorb odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.

3. Trees Provide Oxygen:

In one year an acre of mature trees can provide enough oxygen for 18 people.

4. Trees Cool The Streets and The City:

Trees cool the city by up to 10°F, by shading our homes and streets, breaking up urban “heat islands” and releasing water vapor into the air through their leaves.

5. Trees Conserve Energy:

By reducing the energy demand for cooling our houses, we reduce carbon dioxide and other pollution emissions from power plants.

6. Trees Save Water:

Shade from trees slows water evaporation from thirsty lawns. Most newly planted trees need only fifteen gallons of water a week. As trees transpire, they increase atmospheric moisture.

7. Trees Help Prevent Water Pollution:

Trees reduce runoff by breaking rainfall thus allowing the water to flow down the trunk and into the earth below the tree. This prevents stormwater from carrying pollutants to the ocean. When mulched, trees act like a sponge that filters this water naturally and uses it to recharge groundwater supplies.

To be continued…

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